Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) meets President Bill Clinton backstage before the taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night in Hollywood, California. Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank.
It was a political party backstage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" when Filipino ring icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao met former United States President Bill Clinton.
Pacquiao has made it a tradition to appear on Kimmel’s show before his major fights, and he continued that tradition in the April 2 episode of the show, where he promoted his upcoming rematch against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr.
It was Pacquiao's eighth appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" dating back to 2009. The only time he failed to make an appearance on the show prior to a major bout was last year, when he fought Brandon Rios.
Also making an appearance on the show was former President Clinton, who told Kimmel that he is hopeful of Pacquiao’s political future in the Philippines.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao appears backstage before the taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night in Hollywood, California. Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank.
“I hope he goes right up on the ladder,” said Clinton, as quoted by the Washington Post. “He’s a great guy, and he’s a great role model in his country.”
“He’s very strong and honest,” he added.